The Malaysian government has scrapped previous immigration regulations that required Maldivian students to obtain entry visa before entering the Southeast Asian nation for studies, the Maldivian foreign ministry said Thursday.
In an announcement, the foreign ministry said that Maldivian students going to Malaysia would not need to obtain entry visa beforehand.
In January, the Malaysian government had revised its immigration regulations for students to obtain entry visa upon receiving the Student Visa Approval Letter. Under that policy, when students submitted visa application to the foreign ministry, their entry visa would be arranged through the Malaysian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom had previously noted that the Maldivian students in Malaysia face visa problems frequently. He had, however, assured that a top foreign ministry official was actively working in Malaysia to resolve those issues.